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Writers:
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Release Date:
25 August 1939 (USA) See more »
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Mighty Miracle Show Of 1000 Delights ! See more »
Plot:
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Dorothy

Frank Morgan ... Professor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / The Guard

Ray Bolger ... 'Hunk' / The Scarecrow

Bert Lahr ... 'Zeke' / The Cowardly Lion

Jack Haley ... 'Hickory' / The Tin Man

Billie Burke ... Glinda

Margaret Hamilton ... Miss Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West

Charley Grapewin ... Uncle Henry
Pat Walshe ... Nikko
Clara Blandick ... Auntie Em

Terry ... Toto (as Toto)
The Singer Midgets ... The Munchkins (also as The Munchkins)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Barrett ... Emerald City Manicurist (uncredited)
Amelia Batchelor ... Ozmite (uncredited)
Charles Becker ... Munchkin Mayor (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Mayor / Lollipop Guild Member (voice) (uncredited)
Lorraine Bridges ... Ozmite / Lullaby League Member (voice) (uncredited)
Buster Brodie ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Tyler Brooke ... Ozmite (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Angry Apple Tree (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Carroll ... Munchkin Fiddler (uncredited)

Adriana Caselotti ... Juliet (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Cogg ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ... Munchkins (voice) (uncredited)
Nona Cooper ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Tommy Cottonaro ... Bearded Munchkin (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow ... Crow in Cornfield (uncredited)
Billy Curtis ... Munchkin Father (uncredited)
Paul Dale ... Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Ken Darby ... Munchkinland Mayor (voice) (uncredited)
Sid Dawson ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Apple Tree / Munchkin (voice) (uncredited)
Jon Dodson ... Lollipop Guild Member (voice) (uncredited)
Gracie Doll ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Tiny Doll ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Ruth Duccini ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Daisy Earles ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Harry Earles ... Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)

Buddy Ebsen ... The Tin Man (singing voice) (uncredited)
Fern Formica ... Munchkin Villager / Sleepyhead (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Jackie Gerlich ... Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Phil Harron ... Winkie (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Tin Polisher (uncredited)
Lois January ... Emerald City Manicurist (uncredited)
Eleanor Keaton ... Ozmite (uncredited)
The King's Men ... Munchkins (voice) (uncredited)

Karl 'Karchy' Kosiczky ... Munchkin Herald #1 / Sleepyhead (uncredited)
Nita Krebs ... Lullaby League Member (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Emerald City Manicurist (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Captain of the Winkie Guard (uncredited)
Bud Linn ... Lollipop Guild Member (voice) (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Dona Massin ... Emerald City Manicurist (uncredited)
George Ministeri ... Munchkin Coach Driver (uncredited)
Yvonne Moray ... Lullabye League Member (uncredited)
Lee Murray ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Olga Nardone ... Lullabye League Center Member (uncredited)
George Noisom ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Jack Paul ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Margaret Pellegrini ... Munchkin Villager / Sleepyhead (uncredited)

Meinhardt Raabe ... Munchkin Coroner (uncredited)
Hazel Resmondo ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Freddie Retter ... Munchkin Fiddler (uncredited)
'Little Billy' Rhodes ... Munchkin Barrister (uncredited)
The Rhythmettes ... Themselves (uncredited)
Elvida Rizzo ... Ozmite (uncredited)
Rad Robinson ... Munchkin Coroner (voice) (uncredited)
Ambrose Schindler ... Winkie (uncredited)
Helen Seamon ... Woman with Cat (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Oz Balloon Ascensionist (uncredited)
Oliver Smith ... Ozmite (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ... Winkie (uncredited)
Parnell St. Aubin ... Munchkin Soldier (uncredited)
Ralph Sudam ... Ozmite (uncredited)
August Clarence Swenson ... Munchkin Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Winkie (uncredited)
Johnny Winters ... Munchkin Navy Commander (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Fleming 
George Cukor (uncredited)
Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
Norman Taurog (uncredited)
King Vidor (director: Kansas scenes) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Noel Langley (screenplay) &
Florence Ryerson (screenplay) and
Edgar Allan Woolf (screenplay)

Noel Langley (adaptation)

L. Frank Baum (from the book by)

Irving Brecher  contributing writer (uncredited)
William H. Cannon  uncredited
Herbert Fields  contributing writer (uncredited)
Arthur Freed  uncredited
Jack Haley  additional dialogue (uncredited)
E.Y. Harburg  uncredited
Samuel Hoffenstein  contributing writer (uncredited)
Bert Lahr  additional dialogue (uncredited)
John Lee Mahin  contributing writer (uncredited)
Herman J. Mankiewicz  contributing writer (uncredited)
Jack Mintz  contributing writer (uncredited)
Ogden Nash  contributing writer (uncredited)
Robert Pirosh  contributing writer (uncredited)
George Seaton  contributing writer (uncredited)
Sid Silvers  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer
Arthur Freed .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (photographed by: in Technicolor)
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Malcolm Brown (uncredited)
William A. Horning (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
George Gibson (uncredited)
Wade B. Rubottom (uncredited)
Elmer Sheeley (supervising art director) (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... creator: character makeups
Del Armstrong .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Don L. Cash .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist: Frank Morgan (uncredited)
Lyle Dawn .... makeup artist: Billie Burke (uncredited)
Max Factor .... wig supervisor (uncredited)
Fred Frederick .... wig designer (uncredited)
Sydney Guilaroff .... braids: Dorothy (uncredited)
Cecil Holland .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Jack Kevan .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Lou LaCava .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
George Lane .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Beth Langston .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist: Jack Haley (uncredited)
Betty Masure .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist: Ray Bolger (uncredited)
Gustaf Norin .... prosthetic technician (uncredited)
Josef Norin .... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)
Web Overlander .... makeup artist: Judy Garland (uncredited)
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Eddie Polo .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Mike Ragan .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Bob Roberts .... wig designer (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles H. Schram .... makeup artist: Bert Lahr (uncredited)
Howard Smit .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Lee Stanfield .... makeup artist: Jack Haley (uncredited)
William Tuttle .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Edith Wilson .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack H. Young .... makeup artist: Margaret Hamilton (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ulric Busch .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Charles Chic .... unit manager (uncredited)
Joe Cook .... production manager (uncredited)
Louis B. Mayer .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Keith Weeks .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William A. Horning .... associate art director
Jack E. Ackerman .... props (uncredited)
E. Preston Ames .... draftsman (uncredited)
Leo F. Atkinson .... painter: clouds (uncredited)
Hugo Ballin .... sketch artist (uncredited)
John Bossert .... designer: castle (uncredited)
Malcolm Brown .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Edward C. Carfagno .... draftsman (uncredited)
John Coakley .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Conklin .... draftsman (uncredited)
Marvin Connell .... draftsman (uncredited)
Randall Duell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Harry Edwards .... property master (uncredited)
A.D. Flowers .... set dresser: trees (uncredited)
Jack Gaylord .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
George Gibson .... lead scenic artist (uncredited)
William Gibson .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Harvey T. Gillett .... draftsman (uncredited)
Henry Greutert .... head sculptor (uncredited)
Clem Hall .... scenic artist (uncredited)
William Hellen .... draftsman (uncredited)
F. Wayne Hill .... scenic artist (uncredited)
K. Johnson .... draftsman (uncredited)
Roy Perry .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Clark M. Provins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ted Rich .... draftsman (uncredited)
Arthur Grover Rider .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Gerald F. Rocket .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Jim Roth .... draftsman (uncredited)
Billy H. Scott .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith .... principal sketch artist (uncredited)
Duncan Spencer .... scenic artist (uncredited)
J. Russell Spencer .... draftsman (uncredited)
Steffgen .... draftsman (uncredited)
Charles B. Steiner .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Marvin Summerfield .... draftsman (uncredited)
John J. Thompson .... draftsman (uncredited)
Leonid Vasian .... draftsman (uncredited)
Woody Woodward .... draftsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Burbridge .... sound technician (uncredited)
G.A. Burns .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Earl Cates .... playback operator (uncredited)
O.O. Ceccarini .... sound designer (uncredited)
Bill Edmondson .... boom operator (uncredited)
James F. Gaither Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Graham .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
T.B. Hoffman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Lowell Kinsall .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Standish J. Lambert .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Franklin Milton .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Ralph A. Pender .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
George G. Schneider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Douglas Shearer .... sound designer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ralph Shugart .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... supervising re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
P. Richard Stevens .... sound recordist (uncredited)
R.L. Stirling .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Don T. Whitmer .... sound mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as Arnold Gillespie)
Edwin Bloomfield .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado .... miniatures (uncredited)
A.D. Flowers .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Donald Jahraus .... miniatures (uncredited)
J. McMillan Johnson .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Mack Johnson .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack McMaster .... special effects (uncredited)
Hal Millar .... special effects (uncredited)
Bob Overbeck .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... special effects prop shop (uncredited)
Don Trumbull .... special effects rigger (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Chad Cortvriendt .... stereoscopic production manager (3D version 2013)
Chris Del Conte .... managing director: stereoscopic conversion (3D version 2013)
Jason Dourgarian .... stereoscopic compositor (3D version 2013)
Scott Farrar .... stereo conversion producer: Prime Focus (3D Version 2013)
Michael L. Fink .... stereo conversion supervisor (3D version 2013)
Justin Jones .... stereoscopic designer (3D version 2013)
Rik Panero .... technical support (1998 release, credited on theatrical prints only)
Michael Pecchia .... director of global development: Prime Focus (3D version 2013)
Brian Peluso .... stereoscopic compositor (3D version 2013)
Neil Stenhouse .... lead digital film restoration artist (2009 restoration)
Chris Bayz .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Kevin Braun .... digital compositor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Christopher Rogers Costa .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Gregory Creaser .... camera operator: digital restoration (uncredited)
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Sandy DellaMarie .... digital production coordinator (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Max Fabian .... director of photography: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Chris Flynn .... digital compositor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Jack Gaylord .... assistant visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
George Gervan .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Richard Gervan .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Maureen Healy .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Heather Hoyland .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Matt Linder .... lead digital compositor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Warren Newcombe .... director of matte painting staff (uncredited)
Michael Pecchia .... director of global development at prime focus (uncredited)
Candelario Rivas .... matte painter: castle (uncredited)
Rasha Shalaby .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Jack Smith .... camera operator: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Lynn Tigar .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George Bruggeman .... stunts (uncredited)
Aline Goodwin .... stunt double: Margaret Hamilton, broom-riding stunt (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen M. Davey .... associate: Technicolor photography (as Allen Davey)
Virgil Apger .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Arnold .... camera department head (uncredited)
Pop Arnold .... key grip (uncredited)
Chris Bergswich .... assistant electrician (uncredited)
A.W. Brown .... chief unit electrician (uncredited)
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eric Carpenter .... still photographer: Kodachrome stills (uncredited)
Bill Chapman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Cohen .... camera operator (uncredited)
Nelson Cordes .... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Fred Detmers .... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Raymond Griffith .... electrician (uncredited)
George Hommel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Henry Imus .... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Paul 'Shug' Keeler .... electrician (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
W.E. Pohl .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Ramsey .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
W.L. Gordon .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mrs. Cluett .... costumer (uncredited)
Agnes Imes .... costumer (uncredited)
Sam Kress .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Rose Meltzer .... costumer (uncredited)
Vera Mourdant .... costumer (uncredited)
Sheila O'Brien .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Marianne Parker .... seamstress (uncredited)
Jack Rohan .... dresser: men (uncredited)
John Scura .... costumer (uncredited)
Gile Steele .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Marie Wharton .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor (uncredited)
George Cave .... color timer (uncredited)
Ernest Grooney .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tom Held .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harold Arlen .... music by
George Bassman .... orchestral and vocal arrangements
Bobby Connolly .... musical numbers staged by
Murray Cutter .... orchestral and vocal arrangements
Ken Darby .... orchestral and vocal arrangements
E.Y. Harburg .... lyrics by (as E.Y. Harburg)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestral and vocal arrangements
George Stoll .... associate conductor
Herbert Stothart .... musical adaptation
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator: Munchkinland musical sequence (uncredited)
Edward Baravalle .... assistant scoring mixer (uncredited)
Peter P. Decek .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Roger Edens .... music pre-recording supervisor (uncredited)
Nat W. Finston .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Skitch Henderson .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Bud Linn .... singing voice: Lollipop Guild (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
William Saracino .... music editor (uncredited)
Toscha Seidel .... soloist: violin (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... assistant music mixer (uncredited)
George Stoll .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... composer: original incidental music (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... conductor (uncredited)
Robert W. Stringer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Roger Wagner .... assistant chorus director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Paul Adams .... stand-in: Mr. Morgan (uncredited)
Arthur Appell .... assistant: Mr. Connolly (uncredited)
Maud Gage Baum .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Eddie Becker .... rehearsal accompanist (uncredited)
Busby Berkeley .... choreographer: scarecrow's dance (uncredited) (deleted from final print)
Harlan Briggs .... double: Uncle Henry (uncredited)
Stafford Campbell .... stand-in: Scarecrow (uncredited)
William H. Cannon .... assistant: Mr. LeRoy (uncredited)
Betty Danko .... stand-in: Wicked Witch (uncredited)
Howard Dietz .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Roger Edens .... rehearsal piano (uncredited)
Frances Edwards .... caterer (uncredited)
Jim Fawcett .... stand-in: Mr. Lahr (uncredited)
Arthur Freed .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Freddie Gilman .... animal trainer: horse (uncredited)
Aline Goodwin .... stand-in: Ms. Hamilton (uncredited)
Jane Harrison .... secretary: Mr. Fleming (uncredited)
Andy Hervey .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Jean Kilgore .... dance stand-in: Judy Garland (uncredited)
Bobbie Koshay .... double: Ms. Garland (uncredited)
Harry Link .... agent: Leo Feist Music Publishing (uncredited)
David Marks .... assistant script supervisor (uncredited)
Caren Marsh .... dance stand-in: Judy Garland (uncredited)
Dona Massin .... assistant: Mr. Connolly (uncredited)
Harry Master .... stand-in: Tin Woodman (uncredited)
Pat Moran .... stand-in: Mr. Lahr (uncredited)
John M. Nickolaus .... laboratory supervisor (uncredited)
Barron Polan .... assistant: Mr. LeRoy (uncredited)
Freddie Retter .... stand-in: Mr. Walshe (uncredited)
Bill Richards .... animal wrangler: birds (uncredited)
Si Seadler .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Leo Singer .... coordinator: Munchkins (uncredited)
Carl Spitz .... dog owner and trainer: Terry (uncredited)
Georgia Stark .... rehearsal assistant (uncredited)
Howard Strickling .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Norman Taurog .... director test scenes (uncredited)
Curly Twiford .... animal trainer: birds (uncredited)
Jack Weatherwax .... trainer: Terry (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some scary moments
Runtime:
102 min
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Language:
Color:
Black and White (Kansas sequences) (1949 re-release) | Black and White (Kansas sequences) (1955 re-release) | Black and White (Sepiatone) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System: The Voice of Action) | Dolby Digital (2005 re-issue)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-8 (1988) | Finland:S (1943) | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:I | Iceland:L | Japan:G | Netherlands:AL (video rating) | New Zealand:G | Norway:A | Peru:PT | Philippines:G | Portugal:M/4 | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl (cut) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating: additional material) (2010) | UK:U (online) (2008) | UK:U (re-release) (2006) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1995) (2001) | USA:Passed | USA:PG | USA:PG (3D version) | USA:Approved (certificate #5364) (original release) | USA:G (re-rating) (1970)

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Trivia:
If you look closely, the door the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion rescue Dorothy through isn't the same as the one Dorothy enters the Hourglass Room through. This is due to the deletion of an entire scene in which the room the heroes enter (following the sound of someone humming, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow") holds not Dorothy, but the Wicked Witch of the West! She paralyzes the heroes, then creates a false Rainbow Bridge from that room to Dorothy's. She sends a Winkie out to test it... he falls through the center of the bridge. She then magically compels our three heroes to call out to Dorothy, who runs onto the bridge... and is carried across by the magic slippers! Our friends are reunited, and (released from the witch's spell by love/the slippers, whichever) run out of the room, with the witch screaming, "Stop them!" behind them. (The scene was cut both for technical reasons... they couldn't pull off a good Rainbow Bridge... and because seeing a Winkie falling to his presumed death was considered too risky in the days of the Hays Commission.)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Glinda is leaving Munchkinland, all three members of the Lollipop guild and a female munchkin (among others) run towards her pink bubble and shout their goodbyes to her. Those same characters are still standing behind Dorothy in the very next shot as she says "People come and go so quickly here."See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dorothy:She isn't coming yet, Toto. Did she hurt you? She tried to, didn't she? Come on. We'll go tell Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
If I Only Had the Nerve/We're Off To See The WizardSee more »

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53 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
A true cinematic milestone, 7 May 2006
Author: robb_772 from United States

Where to begin? MGM's elaborate adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 fantasy classic THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ not only became an institution among itself (and practically defined the concept of modern popular culture), but is reported to be the most viewed film ever made. A sharp screenplay effectively condenses the novel's text into a workable film, and director Victor Fleming (along with countless other behind-the-scenes technicians) craft a visually stimulating fantasy world that surpasses the expectations of even the most imaginative viewers. Brimming with stunning visual effects (the film's fierce tornado is an FX feat that has yet to be surpassed by CGI), witty dialogue, and eye-popping Technicolor, THE WIZARD OF OZ truly lives up to it's reputation as a once-in-a-lifetime film where every element comes together flawlessly.

The cast could not be improved upon. The quivery-voiced, solemn-faced Judy Garland will always be Dorothy, the little lost farm girl on the road to Oz, clutching her beloved Toto (impressively portrayed himself by the female canine performer Terry, the terrier). It seems inconceivable that MGM had originally wished to cast Shirley Temple in the role, as Temple's doe-eyed, cutesy-voiced shtick would have been a catastrophic ill-fit for the tone of this picture. Conversely, Garland is perhaps the screen's quintessential woman/child; always seemingly just one step away from reaching full emotional maturity. It is her sadness that transfixes viewers to the screen, the exact same quality that made the film's most memorable Harold Arlen/E. Y. Harburg number "Over the Rainbow" into one of the most exquisite marriages between artist and song ever to be recorded.

The remainder of the cast is similarly exceptional, many of whom perform perfectly even under the most debilitating make-up and costumes. Frank Morgan is marvelously versatile in no less than five roles, the insanely energetic Bert Lahr mugs brilliantly, the handsome Jack Haley swoons sweetly, Billie Burke lends the film an ornate ethereality, and Ray Bolger's gravity-defying physical presence nearly steals the entire picture on several occasions. Perhaps most notable is former schoolteacher Margaret Hamilton's transformation into the wickedest of wicked witches, which certainly remains among the vilest and most terrifying portrayals of full-throttle evil ever to be seen. No matter how it is analyzed, scrutinized, or satirized, the 1939 production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is a top-notch example of how to turn a great story into a fabulous, milestone of a film.

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